Aston Villa have been linked with former England international goalkeeper Jack Butland for the last couple of transfer windows but with Stoke City refusing to lower their £25million valuation on the 27-year-old, we walked away and turned to Tom Heaton instead.
With Stoke continuing to struggle, although he did feature 36 times for them in the 2019/20 campaign, he made numerous individual errors in matches and after the 5-0 hammering by Leeds United, Butland found himself relegated to the bench or was out of the squad completely.
According to a report from Sky Sports, Stoke are now prepared to cut their losses with Butland still refusing to sign a contract extension (12 months left), and they are now apparently willing to let him go for as little as £8-10million.
Butland As Back Up A £8m?
Worth A Gamble
With Heaton still working his way back to fitness, Pepe Reina’s loan spell coming to an end, Orjan Nyland (despite his clear improvement) being error-prone and Jed Steer seemingly not in head coach Dean Smith’s plans and the assumption we will be inviting offers for Lovre Kalinic – Butland might not be a bad gamble at that price.
Had his turned by the Villa – who can blame him?! I'd take him for 10mil, talented keeper, had a bad season.
Big Cuts and Tommy H would sort his head out
— Useless Da la Cruz (@AstonPablo) August 13, 2020
Good back up for Heaton with Steer as no 3 , Sell Nyland
— steve j (@steveaj1961) August 13, 2020
8m for Butland as backup for Heaton.. seems a no-brainier to me.. #AVFC
— Joseph O'Hara (@joeohara18) August 13, 2020
I'll get pelters for this but considering what Cutler has done for Nylands confidence I'd gamble that he could do the same for Butland. A confident Butland is a top, top keeper in my opinion. #AVFC https://t.co/zR23uAuVkx
— Bendrix 🦁 (@Benjmeister85) August 13, 2020
Despite having a shocker, I'd take Butland for £8m. A lot younger than Heaton. Cutler and Smith would get his head straight again, as would a move back to the top flight. #avfc https://t.co/yyJUWAQGjP
— Mr Thompson (@mrthompson81) August 13, 2020
#AVFC should be all over Butland for 8M as a late window signing
Heaton may never be the same GK at his age and we know what Butland can do
Unless of course, we bring back Reina
— Dom Phillips (@DomPhillipsCSGO) August 13, 2020
Yeah I think butland for under 10mil could be shrewd, cutler and Smith obviously don't rate Nyland, and only steer at championship level it seems,but number two behind Heaton, play the cup games get his confidence back, worth a go for me.#avfc
— Daley (@DaleyWood) August 13, 2020
Just me who would go in for jack butland at 8 million? Still a good goalkeeper just needs his confidence back. And he’s only 27, dirt cheap for goalkeeper of his quality. #AVFC
— Tom (@tom_avfc1) August 13, 2020